Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is gearing up for a sophomore season premiere full of new characters like Mockingbird, Absorbing Man, and Lance Hunter as well as an appearance from Peggy Carter (before the character’s own show, Agent Carter, premieres this winter). In addition to kicking off a new season, the premiere will address some of the many unanswered questions from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1, including what happens next to Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) – the (former) trusted ally of Agent Phil Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) team.

Though promos and the season 2 trailer have mainly focused on Coulson and his team, recently released images from the premiere episode give viewers a look at the new characters (both allies and enemies alike) that will join the Marvel/ABC series this time around.

Marvel debuted new images from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiere, ‘Shadows’, that feature Lucy Lawless as Agent Isabelle Hartley, Nick Blood as Agent Lance Hunter, Hayley Atwell as a young Peggy Carter, Adrian Pasdar as Brigadier General Glenn Talbot, Patton Oswalt as Agent Koenig, and Brian Patrick Wade as Carl “Crusher” Creel (a.k.a. Absorbing Man).

Following the events of season 1, the premiere will find Coulson and his group as wanted fugitives trying to keep the world safe. They’ll also be working with new team members, some of which can be seen in the photos below:

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Lucy Lawless, director Vincent Misiano, and Nick Blood


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Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter


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Adrian Pasdar as Brigadier General Glenn Talbot


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Lucy Lawless as Isabelle Hartley, Nick Blood as Lance Hunter, and Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May


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Hydra


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Patton Oswalt as Agent Koenig


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Brian Patrick Wade as Carl “Crusher” Creel


As seen in the photos, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 premiere will introduce many new characters to the mix of Coulson’s team. For those that were uninterested by the group’s dynamic last season — though it was shaken up a few times by the questionable loyalties of Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) and Ward — the new players may offer more compelling character interactions.

However, the season premiere may be tackling too much between the introduction of so many new faces, the appearance of Peggy Carter, and continuing storylines from season 1. With so much going on, ‘Shadows’ may have trouble keeping the story grounded.

But, perhaps showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen have a throughline that will introduce viewers to the new characters, tie the episode in to the Marvel Universe and Agent Carter, as well as address the unanswered questions from season 1. We won’t know whether ‘Shadows’ is overloaded or perfectly action-packed until the episode premieres next week.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday September 23rd @9PM ET on ABC.

Source: Marvel